There are several reports out today that London club Chelsea are going to make a £12M bid for Newcastle’s 25 year-old French International winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa - the mercurial Frenchman in action
Reports in The Sun newspaper are saying that Chelsea are willing to pay out £12M to secure the winger, who is an exciting player to watch – but we’re not sure that £12M is enough to persuade owner Mike Ashley to sell one of Newcastle’s crown jewels, who is out injured at the moment.
There’s no way in which Newcastle will let Ben Arfa leave – unless a daft bid like the £35M Liverpool bid for Andy Carroll comes in for the Frenchman – but £12M is nowhere near daft enough.
Ben Arfa is probably the most popular player on Tyneside, and has scored some fabulous goals in the black and white colors of Newcastle, and the fans will not take kindly to it at all – if Ben Arfa is sold.
Ben Arfa has said he loves it at Newcastle with all the passion fro football in the area, but Newcastle also need to be pushing for a European Champions league place if they are to keep their best players at the club – and most didn’t sign up to fight a relegation battle.
And that’s why it’s important that Newcastle start putting some wins together and climb that league table.
There’s just no way Newcastle will let Ben Arfa go for just £12M – maybe £25M?
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